First it was “Mark Owen” on 60 Minutes and a book. Now this on the 9/11 anniversary and just a few short weeks before the election that just happens to remind us that one of the candidates is ‘responsible’ for killing bin Laden? What an astonishing coincidence of timing and luck!
The Pakistani doctor involved in the US search for Osama Bin Laden has been quoted as saying he was unaware of his role in the al-Qaeda chief’s death. Shakil Afridi reportedly told Fox News from jail in Peshawar that after the 2011 killing he had been kidnapped and tortured by Pakistani intelligence. He also reportedly said the ISI agency regarded the US as its worst enemy.
But Dr Afridi’s lawyer told the BBC he was not confident about the authenticity of the interview.Samiullah Afridi said his client was kept under “very strict security”, and was even prevented from seeing his family and lawyers for months at a time. “How a journalist can set up an interview with him in jail is beyond my comprehension,” the lawyer said.
Prison officials contacted by the BBC were taken by surprise by reports of the interview, but did not rule out that a phone could have been smuggled into his cell.
He was sentenced to 33 years in jail in May for funding and supporting a militant group, but correspondents say it is generally acknowledged he is being punished for helping the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Isn’t 33 supposed to some sort of code for something?